President's Report 2007

The power of play

Anne-Marie Bourgeois

Memorial Alumna Anne-Marie Bourgeois was determined to make a difference when she boarded a plane for Tanzania back in 2004.

The Kippens, Newfoundland and Labrador, native spent next two years as a volunteer program co-ordinator with Right to Play, the international non-governmental organization with a mandate to create and healthier and safer world for children through sport and play.

Based in a small Tanzanian town, Ms. Bourgeois commuted to six remote camps where she worked with almost 250,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees and trained refugee youth and adults as coaches. This resulted in the emergence of local coaches who continue to train children in sport and play programs.

“I am privileged to have grown up healthy and actively involved in many sports,” said Ms. Bourgeois, a graduate (with honours) of Memorial’s kinesiology program. “I would not be the person I am today without that involvement. I wish to contribute to the next generation of youth through similar sports initiatives.”